Students are eager to celebrate and show off their hard work and dedication by giving people a memorable night filled with fantastic music. Student-based bands, each featuring a Selkirk College music instructor, will bring funky and groovy sounds that the audience won’t soon forget.
“The music program students and faculty are very excited to share a wide range of styles in this showcase,” says Selkirk College Instructor Laura Landsberg. “I am very proud of what the students have accomplished with their hard work and creativity. I also believe putting together a show and performing in the community is an integral part of the students’ education.”
Selkirk College music students are playing Spiritbar in Nelson on Thursday, December 13. Funds raised at this event go toward Nelson Food Cupboard aiming to provide food for in-need residents of the community.
Here’s a rundown of what is in store for the Spiritbar stage.
Big Mountain Rock is Bryden Summers on vocals, Lance Skelton on guitar, Ton Luc playing drums and Ralf Buschmeyer on bass. Big Mountain Rock celebrates the pioneers and current innovators in American roots rock.
Fifty Shades of Burgundy is an enthusiastic and creative alt-folk ensemble that offers a smooth and energetic performance suited for all ages. The ensemble features Megan Abel, Kurt McQuaid, Lindsay Elzinga, and instructor Landsberg on vocals, Thomas McIsaac, Logan Smith, and Elias Popoff on guitars, A.J. Cunanan on bass, and Nick DiCastri on drums.
Down to Funk is a dynamic R&B ensemble drawing on varying years of experience; from seasoned veterans to enthusiastic beginners. This band has a unique energy and set list that will blow your socks off. They will be playing popular R&B tunes ranging from Aretha Franklin's “Chain of Fools,” to Childish Gambino's “Redbone.” The ensemble features Dari Marshall, Johan Miller, Mary Beth, and instructor Landsberg on vocals, Cole Senger and Tristan Shears on guitar, Santo Joseph on bass, and Nick DiCastri on drums.
Ensemble XIII will be serving up a fresh-n-vibey set of nu-pop hits guaranteed to get you on the dance floor. Vocals are Tessa Frey-McLean, Alexanne Kasandra, Ross Nordell and Nathan Vogel. Sheldon Nordell is on drums, Dean Bass on bass, Cole Senger and Kim Sol on guitar and instructor Havelock John Tucker on keyboards.
Lock Robster features all original songs by some of the program's finest singer-songwriters and musicians. Heartfelt and always on point, the music will excite and inspire you. Featuring Gabriel Smith, Jonny Dudar, Ryan Hommy, Jonah Morris, Ryan O'Gorman, Sean Cox, Aja Banks, and Isaac "Blue" Klaasen-Wright, and led by instructor Melody Diachun.
Selkirk College’s Year End Celebration Show starts at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. The cover charge will be $10 or $5 for students. All proceeds will be going to Nelson Food Cupboard.